Edwin Rein Harvey F'10

Edwin Rein Harvey
Area Chair for Material Culture, Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
Material Culture
last updated: 2/24/2020

Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art 2010
Doctoral Candidate
History of Art
University of California, Berkeley
Place, Tradition, and Modernity in the Art of Andrew Wyeth

Forwarding a broad understanding of artistic responses to modernity and of moments of artistic and cultural interplay between fraught pairs of terms such as “modern” and “traditional,” “place” and “space,” and “globalism” and “regionalism,” this project gathers and interweaves two loose historical threads: the concept of place and the alternately-maligned-and-celebrated work of the American painter Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009). Working outward from visual analysis of Wyeth's works, it investigates the art-historical (and also cultural, intellectual, and social) conditions that both contributed to and resulted from a renewal of interest in the concept of place among artists and thinkers in the United States and Europe in the twentieth century. At its most concrete, this project offers descriptions and historical explications of convergences and divergences between painting and place—as well as precise, local/contextual definitions of the latter—in Wyeth's artistic gains and willing losses.